With almost 15,000 privately rented homes in East Suffolk, we want to find out how we can better support private renters in our area. While most privately rented homes in East Suffolk are in good condition, there are some where repairs or essential improvements have been neglected and a minority where criminal landlords rent out homes that are unsafe to live in.
East Suffolk Council is working to ensure that homes in the district are secure, safe and energy efficient. We want to find out more about the experience of private renters so we can work towards improving our support for residents now and in the future.
As part of this, East Suffolk Council has partnered with Generation Rent, the national campaigning body for private renters, to launch a pilot consultation with private renters in three wards: Harbour & Normanston, Beccles & Worlingham, and Aldeburgh & Leiston.
This is a new experience for us, and we would really like to hear your story. For the first part of the consultation, we are launching a survey which will run from10th May until 21st June and which will be open to all private renters in the three pilot wards. We’ll also be working alongside renters later in the year, holding forums and focus group discussions.
By launching this consultation, we want to give you the opportunity to share your experiences and learn more about your rights as private renters. The consultation is an opportunity for you to have your say on private renting and be part of our plans to improve the standards of housing in your area.
Your voice as a renter is powerful – and by taking part, you’ll be part of the work to ensure everyone in East Suffolk has a safe and affordable home. Your experience, good or bad, will be part of our programme of work to improve homes in your area.
All surveys will be anonymised, but those who do take part will have an opportunity to win one of 15 shopping vouchers, each worth £15.